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Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide by Jonathan Dimbleby

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– FOURTEEN –TROUBLE AT THE TOP

YOU MUST COME HOME … nothing matters so much as the removal of the wall of misunderstanding which has grown up between you two.’

‘Pug’ Ismay to Auchinleck on his relationship with Churchill

In these black days, Churchill sometimes seemed so downcast that his intimates wondered for how long he would be able to withstand the pressure. His critics at Westminster and in the press continued to assail him for the catalogue of disasters over which he had presided. At private gatherings, to an extent that would have been inconceivable a year earlier, the London Establishment – politicians, editors, business leaders, diplomats, civil servants, and military commanders – discussed his performance with brutal disdain. On 5 ...

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